Mazda has hit a significant milestone in production of the 3 sedan and hatchback: The company has built 3 million copies of the compact car. The milestone car was produced in Japan on April 26, just seven years and ten months after the first Mazda3 rolled off assembly lines in June 2003.
The car in question was a Japanese-specification hatchback (badged Mazda Axela for its home market) with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine and engine stop-start technology. Mazda builds the car in Yamaguchi, Japan; Nanjing, China; and Rayong, Thailand.
Of all the Mazda3s sold so far, 1.15 million have been sold in the United States, and our country continues to be one of the largest markets for the 3. In 2010, the 3 accounted for 46 percent of all Mazda sales within our borders. Quite frankly, it’s no surprise: The car is practical and economical, yet still offers a raft of high-end features and a fun, involving driving experience.
For the 2012 model year, the 3 will receive a refresh that includes new fuel-efficient Skyactiv engines and transmissions, as well as a mild visual revamp.